Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Pretty Ballerinas

Next week, Drew starts his new session of gymnastics and the girls are switching to beginner tap/ballet.  We have been getting ready and purchasing their outfits.  They got their ballet slippers (and yes, they are slippers.  I called them shoes and Izzie quickly corrected me that they are *ballet slippers*!) and tap shoes from Grandma L. for their birthday.  The package showed up in the mail the other day and we had to get them out and try them on.  I tried to get a good picture of the girls, but they were too busy dancing to stand still.  I have no idea why I didn't just switch to video and record them, but I got some seriously cute pictures of my girls having a little dance party.
 trying on their ballet slippers first.

working on their ballerina poses

not certain what Izzie is going for here...

a final pose against the banister

then onto their tap shoes. 
 letting Mommy get a picture of them

 they tried so hard to stand still for me
 but when you are wearing tap shoes...

 you just gotta dance!

I love these girls and I love how excited they are for dance class to start!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Summer 2012 Highlights

Yeah, I've been pretty bad at keeping up with the blog this summer.  Do you know what I learned?  Summer with five small kids is BUSY!!
While we kept busy, we did have a great time and enjoyed our summer.  Here are just a few moments I was able to capture and want to remember.
 Here are the kids and some cousins at Edgewood's 4th of July parade with Grandma and Grandpa K.
Our town's parade wasn't until the Saturday following the 4th.  We planned to go to that one as well, but didn't make it.  Unfortunately, that morning, Paige scratched her cornea.
 We went to the doctor and got some medicine, but it was awful.  She was in terrible pain.  There is little as heartbreaking as holding your sweet little girl while she screams in pain and not being able to take it away.  I was VERY happy that it healed quickly and she bounced right back!
(no, the monkey band-aid isn't actually helping, but she wanted it.  Some injuries just call for a blue monkey-face band-aid.)

The next week was our church's vacation bible school.  Will has gone for the last couple years, but this was the first time the quads went.  I figured this would be a good trial-run for their preschool that starts after Labor Day.  I am pleased to say it went well!  My biggest concern was the drop-off.  The moment where I actually turned, walked away and left them.  They had no problem at all!  They smiled, waved and yelled "bye-bye!"  They had a blast at vbs.  They did crafts, ate snacks and sang songs (like I said, it is a lot like pre-school) and loved every minute!
 Here they are getting ready for their first day with their cousin Ana.
 and at the end of the last day with Father Mario.

And we can't forget the big day...  On August 8th, Will turned 7 years old!!!!!!!
I can't believe how big my guy is getting.  We decided to celebrate all five kids b-days with one party in late August, so we didn't have a big party, but we did celebrate at home and have some cake.
 Whoa!  Seven candles create quite a glow!

Then, Mommy took a much-needed weekend away.  My girlfriend Alyssa and I went down to Nashville to visit our friend Helen.  The three of us have been friends since high school and had a great time catching up, relaxing and going out and forgetting that we are no longer college-aged :-).  We had an absolute blast and hope to make this an annual tradition.
 When you're in Nashville, you need cowboy boots, right?!?

All summer long, the quads took a tumbling class.  They absolutely loved it!  Their teacher was Miss Stephanie and she was fabulous.  I have no idea how that woman had so much energy, but she made every class fun and kept the kids excited to come back.
 The crew on the balance beam with Miss Stephanie.

Of course, we all know what the end of summer means.  Yep, back to school.  Will started 2nd grade a couple weeks ago.  So far, he is really enjoying it.  He says that his teacher, Mrs. Barnes, is very nice and he likes the kids in his class.
Will before his first day of school.
So, when Will came home from school, he told us he was really glad that Susie was in his class again.  Rod asked him if Susie was his girlfriend.  He said, "No Dad.  We're just friends.  I'm only in the second grade.  Camden (one of his friends' older brothers-- who is in the 4th grade, so of course he knows everything!!) told us that in the 3rd grade, you meet your true love."
He said this with a completely straight face.  I mean, if Camden said it, it must be true!

Well, there you have it.  A busy, crazy, fun and wonderful summer!